August 27, 2021
Worth-it is a positive education company, founded by one of the UK's leading practitioners in positive psychology in education, Liz Robson-Kelly.
Our aim is to support as many schools and organisations as we can to empower children and young people to lead happy and healthy lives and achieve their full potential, by helping young people learn and develop strategies which improve their wellbeing and protect their mental health.
Our interventions are based on the SEARCH pathways (1) which provide a framework for embedding wellbeing across whole school systems and underpin our positive mental health and wellbeing programmes.
Positive psychology is the empirical study of meaning, success and wellbeing, the application of which not only increases wellbeing but reduces risk of mental ill health.
Positive education is the use of positive psychology within education. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of positive education to develop pupil wellbeing and reduce risk of mental ill health. The term positive education was ‘coined by Professor Martin Seligman and colleagues in 2009, who proposed that schools should "teach both the skills of wellbeing and the skills of achievement".’ (1)
Positive education is about protecting the mental health of young people and promoting feelings of happiness and joy, which in turn are associated with fewer behavioural problems and improved academic success. We believe in promoting good mental health across all children and young people as well as supporting those who may already be at risk of developing mental problems, such as anxiety of depression, to develop strategies to improve their mental health.
SEARCH is a data-driven meta framework developed by Waters and Loton (2019) 'designed to help school leaders, teachers and practitioners make evidence-based decisions when implementing positive education interventions.'(1)
It is widely recognised that to successfully build wellbeing in students an embedded approach throughout a school or setting is required rather than simply delivering a stand-alone positive education intervention.
Waters and Loton developed the SEARCH framework through large scale literature review of evidence from across the globe (collated from multiple studies involving 35,888 students) as well as action-research to test the practical validity of the framework. Through their research and refinement, involving the input of educators and young people, Waters and Loton identified six overarching pathways to wellbeing (from which they generated the SEARCH acronym): strengths, emotional management, attention and awareness, relationships, coping, and habits and goals.
An alternative framework that underpins positive education programmes is Seligman's theory based PERMA (positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment) framework2. This is one of the most popular in the broader field of positive psychology but wasn't designed specifically for use in education.
Through their rigorous research, Waters and Loton created the SEARCH framework specifically for supporting the design and implementation of interventions in educational settings. We implement the SEARCH pathways in all our programmes and interventions because it was developed with feedback from young people, it's evidence-based, data-driven and provides a multi-dimensional framework.
We have integrated the SEARCH pathways as the way to audit, plan and organise wellbeing strategies that are interwoven and embedded across our whole school wellbeing approach. You can think of the SEARCH pathways as ‘what to do’ to develop wellbeing in your school and our whole school approach is ‘how to do it’ – together they support you implement an evidence-informed wellbeing curriculum across your whole school system.
At Worth-it we believe pupil and staff wellbeing are interrelated and supporting one supports the other. As a company we can support your school to develop staff and student wellbeing, increasing the sense of belonging and community within your setting and positively affecting academic outcomes.
Worth-it have collaborated with ARH Primary to create a free example course of how to use SEARCH, along with our whole school system approach, to embed wellbeing across your school.
Positive Education and the SEARCH framework are integral to our approach to developing a whole school approach and curriculum of wellbeing. You can learn how to develop SEARCH in your curriculum if you are a mental health lead by joining our Wellbeing Club, or train your whole teaching team in our Wellbeing Toolkit online course.
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